Stanthorpe will be hosting the Busking Championship South East Queensland Regional Finals on Saturday 27 February, as part of the Apple & Grape Harvest Festival. During this event Stanthorpe will be the “Busking Capital” for the whole of the South East Queensland Region.
Buskers will play at nominated stations throughout the day in the main street, Plaza and IGA. Buskers nominate how long you want to play for and will move to different stations throughout the day. Judges will select finalist and finalists will perform at the Finals concert in Weeroona Park Band Shell from 4pm.
The following is from President Greg Thouard's column in The Border Post 20 December 2015
New Festival Event Announced
by Greg Thouard President
An exciting new event for Stanthorpe will be launched at the 2016 Apple & Grape Harvest Festival. Part of the promise of the current committee was to bring back some of the fantastic things from past festivals and busking came through loud and clear as a favourite. Festival Director Rosey Harslett became a fan of the busking proposal and it’s all about to happen with Stanthorpe being the first town to host a regional busking event.
The Australian National Busking Championships™ (ANBC) is now in its fourth year and championship events have been held exclusively in Cooma NSW, the picturesque and historic capital of Australia's Snowy Mountains. The ANBC organizing committee has planned these early years as the first stage with a vision for the future. This future vision is to make this event a truly National Championship by holding Regional Finals Championships in various towns around Australia. The winners from these regional events will then be invited to compete in the Grand Final back in Cooma on the first weekend in November of each year.
In announcing Stanthorpe Queensland as the first town in Australia outside of Cooma to host a regional championship, ANBC Organiser Allan Spencer is extremely happy this brand new event will coincide with the iconic Apple & Grape Harvest Festival. “This happy partnership fits with the winning strategy of holding quality events in regions across Australia, boosting tourist visitor numbers and contributing to the local economy in regional towns”
Given the name ANBC Stanthorpe, the event will be held on the first weekend of the festival providing economic stimulus from the expected inflow of day visitors and overnight packaged tour groups. The main date is Saturday 27th February 2016 and during this event Stanthorpe will be the “Busking Capital” for the whole of the South East Queensland Region.
The festival committee has been very fortunate in finding a partner to handle ANBC Stanthorpe and the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe has taken over organising the event. Director Rosey Harslett is even more ecstatic when finding out that Rotary Stanthorpe are keen to become the long-term partners by holding ANBC Stanthorpe annually. “That’s fantastic” she said. “As part of my research I travelled to Cooma for the recent national finals and the whole mood of the town was wonderful with thousands of visitors enjoying street busking. With Stanthorpe taking on the annual South East Queensland Regional Championships, it will further promote this district as a great destination and will benefit the district through tourism.
Sponsorship packages are already being taken up by local business houses and Host a Busker in front of my business premises already has some takers. Information on ANBC Stanthorpe is on website www,appleandgrape,org and sponsorship information can be requested through Rotary email@example.com or festival office E: firstname.lastname@example.org